In Distracting the Deputy (my soon to release sweet romance), my heroine, Zadie, brings back Brazilian food to share with Knox, the hero, one evening when she’s been to Boise. Zadie and Knox live in the tiny community of Summer Creek where eating eat means breakfast or lunch at the Early Bird Café, lunch or dinner at the Broken Bucket Bar & Grill, or grabbing something from the gas station or grocery store deli.
Knox has never had Brazilian food before and raves about the meal. Zadie enjoys the food, too, but she can’t stop eating the tasty little Brazilian bread bites.
I’m with Zadie. I love the bread that comes with a Brazilian meal.
Traditionally called Pão de Queijo, Brazilian bread bites, or cheesy bread, is so, so good.
Captain Cavedweller and I first tasted Brazilian food when we were in Las Vegas several years ago on our anniversary. We wanted to go out to eat somewhere nice and the Brazilian restaurant had a lot of great reviews, so we made a reservation and gave it a try. Oh, my gracious! The food was incredible. Of course, CC was all about the unlimited meat selections, and the grilled pineapple, but I was over-the-moon for the warm little puffs of cheese bread.
You can sometimes find them in the freezer section of the grocery store, and they are good, but not quite the same as the fresh-made bites you get at a restaurant.
So here’s a recipe to make them at home!
Brazilian Bread Bites
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups tapioca flour or cassava flour
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, finely shredded
3/4 cup mozzarella, finely shredded